The employees of Anime Expo revealed on Tuesday that this yr’s conference will host Mobile Suit Gundam mechanical designer, illustrator, and recreation creator Mika Akitaka.

Akitaka was the mechanical designer of a number of Gundam sequence, together with Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (pictured proper), Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: A War within the Pocket, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, and Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Last Blitz of Zeon. He was additionally mechanical designer for Date A Live, A Certain Scientific Railgun S, Strike the Blood, Martian Successor Nadesico, Silent Mobius, and City Hunter. He is the creator of Galaxy Fraulein Yuna. He additionally illustrated the MS Girl sequence for Model Graphix Magazine.

Akitaka designed MAX, the mascot of Anime Expo. He beforehand attended the conference in 1999.

The occasion will return as an in-person conference on the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 1-4, 2022.

The conference would require attendees to the Anime Expo 2022 occasion to point out proof of vaccination for the brand new coronavirus illness (COVID-19) or a adverse COVID-19 check taken 72 hours previous to attending the occasion. Regardless of vaccination standing, masks shall be required indoors (besides in designated consuming areas) and shall be optionally available outdoor.

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) hosted the Anime Expo Lite 2021 digital occasion rather than an in-person Anime Expo conference final yr.

Source: Anime Expo